CMS COVID-19 Nursing Homes Best Practices Toolkit and New QIN-QIO Virtual Assistance UPDATED (6/21)

New tool provides innovative solutions for states and facilities to protect our nation’s vulnerable nursing home residents during emergency CMS has released a Toolkit for States to Mitigate COVID-19 in Nursing Homes (PDF) UPDATED (6/21/21) developed to aid nursing homes, Governors, states, departments of health, and other agencies who provide oversight and …

National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Long-term Care Facility COVID-19 Reporting Module Website UPDATED (6/21)

Most recent updates: June 9, 2021 CDC’s NHSN provides healthcare facilities, such as long-term care facilities (LTCFs), with a secure reporting platform for reporting outcomes and process measures in a systematic way. Reported data are immediately available for use in strengthening local and national surveillance, monitoring trends in infection rates, assisting …

2021 CMS QM Impact Assessment Report Available (6/21)

The 2021 National Impact Assessment of CMS Quality Measures Report (2021 Impact Assessment Report) has been posted on the CMS website. CMS assesses the quality and efficiency impact of endorsed measures every three years.  The 4th triennial Impact Assessment Report includes a careful analysis of the quality measures used in 26 …

CMS Nursing Home Data Sets Updated (5/21)

The following data sets were updated May 1 and released May 26 at https://data.cms.gov/provider-data/search?theme=Nursing%20homes%20including%20rehab%20services: FY 2021 SNF VBP Facility-Level Dataset This dataset contains facility-specific performance information for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) Program. Included are baseline period (FY 2017) and performance period (FY …

GAO Finds 15% of Nursing Homes Controlled COVID-19 Outbreaks Better Than the Rest (5/21)

COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: Most Homes Had Multiple Outbreaks and Weeks of Sustained Transmission from May 2020 through January 2021 GAO analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that, from May 2020 through January 2021, nursing homes commonly experienced multiple COVID-19 outbreaks. According to …

Five-Star Help Line Open May 24 – 28

The Five Star Preview Reports will be available on May 18, 2021. To access these reports, select the CASPER Reporting link located on the CMS QIES Systems for Providers page. Once in the CASPER Reporting system, select the ‘Folders’ button, then select ‘My Inbox’ or the Inbox beginning with ‘LTC’ …

CDC NHSN LTCF Weekly Healthcare Personnel & Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Page UPDATED (5/21)

Weekly health care personnel (HCP) & Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Data Reporting Long-term care facilities can track weekly COVID-19 vaccination data for residents and healthcare personnel (HCP) through NHSN. Training Updates to Reporting Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Data – May 2021 pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB] Training slides covering weekly …

3 Steps to Improving Resident Safety in a Skilled Nursing Facility

The safety of residents is a top priority for a skilled nursing facility (SNF). But how does one promote safety in such a dynamic environment? Three critical steps the director of nursing services (DNS) and other facility leaders can take are: cultivate trust and transparency with staff, residents, and families; …

CDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Spread in Nursing Homes Updated (4/21)

Summary of Recent Changes Updates as of March 29, 2021 Two prior guidance documents, “Responding to COVID-19 in Nursing Homes” and “Performing Facility-wide SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Nursing Homes” were merged with this guidance. The criteria for health department notification was updated to be consistent with Council of State and Territorial …